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Snapchat finds its niche with disappearing messages

For 13-year-old Coral Fairchild, Snapchat trumps old-style text messaging as the way to socialize with friends in the mobile Internet age. The northern California girl adds mustaches to faces in pictures or speech bubbles using touch-screen features that allow people to draw on Snapchat images being sent. “You can take…

‘Textspresso’ robot brews java via text message

A tech startup in Seattle has created a robot that serves up piping hot java confections, just by reading text messages. It’s called the “Textspresso,” according to Zipwhip CEO John Lauer, who recently spoke to Seattle’s KOMO News. He said the company designed and built it not as a new…

Teens send an average of 60 texts a day: study

Teenagers in the United States are texting more than ever before, and they’re more likely as well to have a smartphone in their hands, according to a survey released Monday. On average, youngsters aged 12 to 17 sent 60 text messages on a typical day in 2011, 10 more than…

Sex panic makes it hard to keep your stories straight

I already took a small swipe at this piece by David Brooks, but I thought it deserved a longer examination, because it fits into the millenia-old tradition of sex panics inspired by new technology. Until I heard a lecture about it at the (where else?) Sex Tech conference, I had…

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